I guess i’m lucky in so much as i still have a full head of hair and took the conscious decision a few years ago to grow my hair long. I wish i’d done it years ago, but for those that need a wig i recommend seeking professional advice and purchasing a wig from a High Street wig store. Reason being that they will look at both your skin complexion, shape of your head & body before offering solutions to suit you and your style.

Knickers are a personal choice but i always aim for something that is big enough yet small enough to comfortably hide my rather large bits n bobs (hahahaha).

Sports knickers & bras are in my mind perfect for keeping everything in position. Forget half cup and the under-wired bras, they hurt like hell, look & feel awful with falsies. No wonder most genetic women are now buying the new more comfortable cover all solution currently advertised.

Of course if i’m wearing latex then it has to be a pair of latex panties which i make myself and may in the near future put into production and sell as part of the Lady Ana label to be found at www.LatexTG.com and via the banner below.

If on the other hand if you want to wear a loose item of latex (say one of my Blouses/Shirts) i recommend  a moulded rubber bra (i will be selling these on my site later in the year) one size lower than the breast forms you buy, reason being that the rubber bras stretch upto about 1.5 inches (4cm) and the forms will sit very comfortably on your body. You could of course wear a cotton bra under the latex but i don't recommend it as the cotton will get very wet and you will be rather uncomfortable after a few hours.

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Make up is a difficult one and like my early purchases of latex i made some very bad choices. Right now (and for the last 10 years) i’ve been using Estee Lauder Maximum cover Foundation as it covers my face rather well. I must point out though that now i’ve had laser treatment on my face to reduce my facial hair growth i use a lighter shade of this foundation.

Of course not everyone neither wishes to nor will have laser treatment so the application of makeup has to be taken seriously if one is to achieve the perfect look.

If you do have to shave in order to apply makeup, the key is facial preparation. Moisturizer, water, cleansing and not shaving every day are my key points.

The longer you let your beard grow the better the result in shaving. Always shave against the growth so as to get a really close shave. Use a quality razorblade (not a disposable one) and shaving gel. I recommend King of Shaves which is available as either a clear gel or oil.

You can also see what you are doing with this as opposed to foam.

Be careful though as the closer you get the more likelihood of cuts. Always pre wash and soften the beard with a very hot facial towel, this opens the pores up to let more hair stubble out.  

It’s essential that you give yourself ample time to prepare your face for applying makeup as once you’ve opened the pores they have to be given time to close again. You can reduce this with cold water splashed to the face but i always recommend waiting a good 30 minutes before applying moisturiser and then another 30 minutes before applying foundation.

For application i’ve tried brushes & fingers but always come back to a slightly wet make up sponge.

After foundation i apply a loose powder from Back Stage here in Amsterdam http://www.back-stage.nl which not only looks fantastic on photos & video but feels superb. For Lipstick, lip liner, Eyeliner & Mascara i use Rimmel, purely and simply because it goes on well and stays there.

For Blusher & Eye Shadow i favour MAC. Gorgeous brilliant colours which really bring out the best of you. Let’s face it, if Ru Paul recommends it then it has to be good.

Do come back and check this article from time to time as i am regularly updating it.

Perhaps the single most important issue when dressing up is to feel comfortable not only by yourself but also in the company of others. For many Trannies, dressing up is a regular fix whether it be at home in front of a mirror, a night out dancing with your dearest friends or simply for a meal with the family.

No matter what you choose to do with dressing up you must treat it like a hobby and spend time researching what is available, plan ahead and seek out other people who can offer you help and support. There are links to various support groups on this website as well as a whole stack of other useful points of reference.

Whatever the outcome i hope that you gain as much pleasure, happiness and friends as i have throughout my life as a TGirl.

A decent pair of Breastforms is absolutely essential but do remember that no matter how we try to disguise or emphasise them they will never look like the real deal. Many people starting out have this misconception that their 2nd wardrobe should not cost a great deal and therefore look toward ebay as being the one and only solution. Of course if you're not serious about your hobby or lifestyle and want it cheap then yes this is a great source. The challenge is that many shops selling on ebay and other similar sites are often selling mass produced & clearance products which failed to sell elsewhere.

My advice is to steer clear of ebay and buy from specialist retailers.

In fact there's a website in the UK who sell just breast forms and is the place where i have bought my last 2 pairs from.

The URL is http://www.bosomfriends.co.uk

The material used is unlike any other breastform. You can wear them all day, sleep in them and even stick them to your chest and swim in them. What's more they look fantastic with a latex catsuit, just position them in the right way and you'll be the subject of many a positive comment as i can attest to.

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